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How Addressing the Mental Health of Millennials and Gen Z Benefits Upcoming Generations

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Over the past centuries, little thought has been given to the importance of maintaining good mental health. As a result, scores of individuals developed a range of mental health ailments, ranging from intergenerational trauma to chronic anxiety. 

Thankfully, attitudes have changed drastically over the last several decades and, as a result, society now places a greater emphasis on the process of maintaining good mental health. However, there’s still room for improvement in this department and younger generations have their own mental health struggles to overcome. 

Fortunately, society has the power to radically improve mental health states for generations to come by helping current people achieve optimal mental health states. Understanding how this is possible is key to gaining deeper insight into how society can improve in the coming decades. 

Here’s how addressing the mental health of millennials and Gen Z benefits upcoming generations. 

Key mental health struggles millennials and Gen Z are facing today

Before understanding how addressing the mental health challenges of these generations will be beneficial for the future of society, it’s first important to understand what these mental health struggles are. 

Some key mental health problems millennials and Gen Z are facing include:

  • Stress and anxiety. Far more individuals in early adulthood are reporting consistent experiences of stress and anxiety than ever before. While there are many factors that seem to be contributing, this steep increase in stress and anxiety seems to have developed somewhere in the 2010s and still lingers in society today.
  • Loneliness. Loneliness and feelings of isolation are becoming increasingly commonplace among younger generations today. In addition, fewer and fewer individuals from these demographics are reporting that they have a robust social network of friends.
  • Difficulty with interpersonal skills. While young people may be adept at utilising technology and communicating through digital media, this seems to have negatively impacted their ability to communicate in person. To make matters worse, the Covid pandemic has exacerbated this situation and further made it difficult for many individuals to communicate with others. 

The benefits of overcoming these mental health challenges

Though the mental health outlook of these generations may look grim, there are ways that society can come together to improve their sense of well-being. By engaging in practices that accomplish this aim, society as a whole can benefit generations to come in many ways, from achieving healthcare justice to having a more interconnected society. 

Here are the benefits that can come from solving common millennial and Gen Z mental health struggles. 

  • Improved relationships. As has been noted, many millennials and individuals from gen z have difficulty communicating in person and report feeling lonely. It stands to reason that these individuals have negatively impacted relationships and, as a result, report feeling dissatisfied with life. Fortunately, helping these generations overcome their communication challenges can have a major positive impact. Ultimately, this will result in better social networks, less loneliness, and a generation with a better outlook on life.
  • Better parenting. While older generations are keen to help millennials and those from gen z overcome their mental health struggles, they aren’t always equipped to do so. the reason for this is that those from older generations didn’t grow up with the same stressful and negative factors that younger generations have had to deal with, such as social media and the covid pandemic. Fortunately, helping millennials and gen z with their mental health struggles will make them into better, more effective parents. As a result, they will be able to break the cycle of mental health struggles and help their children achieve optimal mental health states.

It’s crucial for us to help millennials and Gen Z overcome their mental health struggles

Though it’s no easy feat, there are many practices that society can engage in to help millennials and gen z achieve better mental health outcomes. As a result of these efforts, future generations will benefit in a myriad of ways. This being the case, it’s clear that we should rally together to make millennial and Gen Z-specific mental health struggles a challenge of the past.

Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.


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